DiVERGE Program

The Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education (DiVERGE) is a program held annually on the Florida campus of Scripps Research. Geared toward undergraduate students interested in biomedical research careers, the program is designed to give participants an in-depth preview of Scripps Research's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program, Academic Year Research Internship for Undergraduates (AYRIU) program, and top-10-ranked doctoral program in the chemical and biological sciences.

The next DiVERGE event will take place from January 7-9 2021. Due to health and safety concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an on-site event is not possible for 2021. However, we are working to create a virtual event that offers all of the regular DiVERGE program events and activities, including opportunities to interact with Scripps Research faculty members and doctoral students.

The application deadline for the current cycle was November 15, 2020. Use the links below to learn more about the program.

While open to all students interested in biomedical research, Scripps Research’s DiVERGE Program is especially geared toward students from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds, including individuals from low-income families or first-generation science students. Special consideration also will be given to students enrolled in Florida universities and colleges.

Eligibility is limited to undergraduate students currently enrolled at a college or university in the U.S. who are currently in their sophomore, junior or senior year.

Students who are selected for DiVERGE may attend special workshops and talks led by Scripps Research faculty, meet with current graduate students, tour state-of-the-art research laboratories or attend scientific seminars. Travel to the Jupiter campus, as well as all food, lodging and other travel expenses will be paid by Scripps Research for the selected students. (NOTE: The January 2021 event will be entirely virtual. While students will not travel to Jupiter, they will be able to experience the same activities virtually as they would at the on-campus event.)

The next DiVERGE event will take place January 7-9 2021.

Questions about the program or application process should be directed here.

Students participating in the DiVERGE program on the Florida campus of Scripps Research will learn about:
  • The history and background of Scripps Research
  • Ongoing research projects at Scripps Research
  • Internships and the graduate program, including how to apply
  • Crafting successful graduate school and internship applications
  • Writing an effective personal and research statement
  • Constructing and giving a compelling self-introduction
  • Science identity and the culture of science

To apply for DiVERGE, an online application must be submitted and supporting materials uploaded by November 15, 2020.

Supporting materials include:

  1. A personal statement describing your purpose in applying to the DiVERGE program. Topics you may wish to address include, but are not limited to:
    • Why are you interested in this program?
    • What are your goals for this experience?
    • What career paths are you considering?
    • What types of research being conducted at Scripps Research particularly interest you and why?
  2. Your unofficial academic transcript;
  3. Your current resume or CV; and
  4. Two letters of recommendation.

Questions about the program or application process should be emailed here.